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|Entertaining Made Lovely: An al fresco dinner under $20|
'Tis the season to entertain friends and family al fresco: The weather is getting nicer, and everywhere I go I see people enjoying the outdoors.
Immediately I knew a trip to the Dollar Tree was in my future. They have a glassware/dinnerware section that is pretty remarkable for a dollar store (you can even order online). A trusty thrift shop is also a great place to stock up.
Once I got home, I took a moment to admire my purchases, which cost less than $9 total, and washed and dried the items thoroughly. Next, I set out to turn the silverware, wine glasses and napkin rings into some fun, custom tableware.
I used some painters' tape to cover the tops of the forks and spoons, exposing only the handles. I did the same to the wine glasses. Then I found my trusty turquoise spray paint and went to work*. I sprayed one even coat on the silverware handles, the wine glass stems and the napkin rings, and once they were dry I removed the painters' tape. All I needed to add to make the table complete were some candles and napkins.
*Keep in mind that spray paint is not food-safe. I only sprayed the areas that would not be ingested.
Audrey Kuether is the creative force behind Oh So Lovely, a Kansas City-based graphic design, photography and event planning company. She specializes in wedding design, photography and styling and planning. She lends her entertaining expertise every month for KC Magazine's Web-only "Entertaining Made Lovely" blog.